It’s that time of year again, when the devote followers of velocity congregate at the alter of speed, and make their pilgrimage to the Bonneville Salt Flats. For the Southern California Timing Association though, this month’s Bonneville Speed Week was a wash, literally.
Getting heavy rain in the Salt Lake City area, the Bonneville Salt Flat course is under water this week, unfortunately causing the SCTA to cancel Speed Week, and what would have been the 100th anniversary of the first land speed record at the iconic venue.
“The SCTA Board is currently on the salt, and has determined that the standing water will not dry in time for us to hold our annual Speed Week event,” said a statement on the SCTA website. “The Board is also discussing the possibility of extending our next event – World Finals (Sep 30 – Oct 3) into a full week of racing as a sort of delayed Speed Week. We Thank You all for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you at our next event.”
The news is a huge blow to the land speed racers, who have only a handful of events to make a record-breaking run. Even if/when the course dries out, the condition of the salt itself will be a great concern for upcoming events, like the Bonneville Motorcycle Speed Trials (formerly the BUB Motorcycle Speed Trials), which is scheduled for August 23rd-28th.